?
Solved

having pdf files searchable within a website

Posted on 2009-04-03
5
Medium Priority
?
287 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-08
I'm at a loss here. I need to have our service bulletin pdf files on our website searchable by words. The nebulus idea I have is we have a backend area that acts as a repository for the pdf files. If you don't know which file you need to look for you can perform a search within the repository to find the terms. If you do know the bulletin you are looking for you can perform a search for the file name as well. I'm a newbie to this. I don't know what we need to make this happen. Can you help?
0
Comment
Question by:776PMT
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
5 Comments
 
LVL 16

Expert Comment

by:warturtle
ID: 24060351
You might be able to do it by means of indexing. If you can create keywords for each PDF document in your repository then allow someone to search the catalogue, you can retrieve the PDF file based on if the keyword that was initially searched for is actually present.

I hope that makes sense.
0
 
LVL 16

Expert Comment

by:warturtle
ID: 24060407
There are also ready-to-use solutions available online, which can index your PDF's and create a small DB containing the index words to assist with lookup. More info is available at (near the bottom of the document):

http://www.searchtools.com/info/pdf.html

I've used a similar tool on some website, I think webmonkey.com, which had indexed all my PDF documents as well as HTML pages to return results with percentage match and highlighted keywords as well.
0
 
LVL 2

Expert Comment

by:parevkez
ID: 24083423
I use http://www.scribd.com/ it's amazing you can after embed to your site.every keyword can become search able and indexed by search engines.check it out.
0
 

Author Comment

by:776PMT
ID: 24087114
Thanks guys for the ideas. We thought about the indexing idea, but we have over 300 pdf files. It would be a bear to index them all.  What we ended up doing as a stop gap measure is use the Acrobat Packaging Tool. We placed the packaged documents into Stellent to publish to the web. It's nt a very elegant solution. You have to open the pdf file before you can perform a search. The current package is huge (over 3 MG). While this gets the documents out there, we still have to find another way to make the files searchable without increasing the opening and downloading time.
0
 
LVL 16

Accepted Solution

by:
warturtle earned 1500 total points
ID: 24090772
Hello,

There are professional tools out there that can do this indexing automatically as long as you configure them correctly like CIndex based at: http://indexres.com/soft_cinw.php . You might want to download the trial version and try it to index 10-15 pdfs and then see if its any good. That would create a pointer towards the document that contains the searched keyword and also, remove the need for opening the document everytime to search through.
0

Featured Post

Will your db performance match your db growth?

In Percona’s white paper “Performance at Scale: Keeping Your Database on Its Toes,” we take a high-level approach to what you need to think about when planning for database scalability.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

What You Need to Know when Searching for a Webhost Provider
This article was originally published on Monitis Blog, you can check it here . Today it’s fairly well known that high-performing websites and applications bring in more visitors, higher SEO, and ultimately more sales. By the same token, downtime…
The purpose of this video is to demonstrate how to update a WordPress Site’s version. WordPress releases new versions of its software frequently and it is important to update frequently in order to keep your site secure, and to get new WordPress…
The is a quite short video tutorial. In this video, I'm going to show you how to create self-host WordPress blog with free hosting service.
Suggested Courses

719 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question